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  • The Selfish Giant

    The Selfish Giant 2013

    ★★★ Watched 29 Nov, 2014

    I'm a bit conflicted about this because at a gut level I found it very moving and beautiful to look at. My reservations are around the issues of redemption and the portrayals of working class life.

  • The Last Waltz

    The Last Waltz 1978

    ★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2014

    I mainly found it kind of grubby. The whole thing of it being mainly 'about' Robbie Robertson is one thing for sure (given that he has cold dead eyes, and is probably the least engaging of the lot of them), but there was something so gurningly self-congratulatory about it I found myself looking away at times. I realise the self-congratulatory element is kind of the point of the thing.

    That said, there were plenty of highlights: Joni. Emmylou Harris's amazing…

  • The Woman in Black

    The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    Initially promising with some creepy bits, but gradually buried under a deluge of 'scares' when it was crying out for some space to expand into. Shit, shit, SHIT ending, too.

  • Red Hill

    Red Hill 2010

    ★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2014 1

    Not really very good at all. A mess of cliches that detract from the central message, which might have been a powerful one. And the panther - the panther!

  • Chronicle

    Chronicle 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2014

    So much talent on display and so well judged in terms of run time that it's odd how much it drags. Promising, though.

  • Solomon Kane

    Solomon Kane 2009

    ★★½ Watched 23 May, 2014

    Diverting enough, but destined for the same 'hangover viewing' shitheap as Van Helsing and Underworld. Nice and nasty in places but the script is awful and it has one of the worst end of level baddies ever.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2014

    This walked a fine line but it was good to see a film of this ilk actually *earn* the right to explore the themes it did.

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan 2010

    ★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2014

    Supremely silly, but the time ah, flew by.

  • Lake Placid

    Lake Placid 1999

    ★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    Heh. What a load of old shit. Especially Brendon Gleeson's accent. And his fringe.

  • Scream

    Scream 1996

    ★★½ Watched 27 Mar, 2013

    Why do I wait so long to see films?

  • Dreams of a Life

    Dreams of a Life 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2013

    An easy film to 'own' in many respects, as we've all known people like Joyce, and because it makes you immediately seek out those you love and hold onto them with a new kind of ferocity.

  • The Kid with a Bike

    The Kid with a Bike 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Nov, 2012

    I hate ratings - I've given Rocky III 3.5 stars, too, and these might as well be on different planets.